Diseases > Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA)
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Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) is a condition that causes swelling of the inside of blood vessels called arteries. This swelling is caused by inflammation of the lining of the artery. The most common arteries affected are around the head and neck, especially the area around the temples – that’s why the disease is also known as “temporal arteritis.”
The inflammation can result in damage to the arteries. If left untreated, giant cell arteritis can eventually lead to serious complications including blindness and stroke. That’s why it’s important to treat the condition early and aggressively.